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Political convictions

The views on six important issues of Swiss politics have shifted partially over the past 20 years.


Source: Selects 1995 and 2015 (For 2015, the categories “tend to be in favour” and “strongly in favour” as well as “tend to disapprove” and “strongly disapprove” are pooled in order to ensure comparability with 1995.)

There has been a distinct decrease in the assent to the accession of Switzerland to the European Union (EU). While in 1995 a narrow majority was in favour of accession to the EU, little more than a seventh of the population was in favour in 2015. Approval of increasing the welfare expenditure has also decreased, while the importance of environmental issues and rejection of nuclear energy have increased slightly. What has hardly changed is the support for a fundamental equality of opportunities between foreign and Swiss citizens. Currently, clear support is also exhibited with regard to the opinion that higher incomes should be taxed more heavily.

During recent years, discussions about vast and in part increasing wage differentials have increased the focus on the issue of socio-political redistribution. In all European countries, the majority in principle agrees with the statement that the state should reduce income disparities. However, approval rates are lower in countries with low unemployment (such as Sweden or Switzerland) than in countries with high unemployment rates (such as Spain, France or Poland).

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Source of texts and charts is the Swiss Social Report 2016:

Franziska Ehrler, Felix Bühlmann, Peter Farago, François Höpflinger, Dominique Joye, Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello und Christian Suter (Hg.). Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing. Zürich: Seismo-Verlag.